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A timeline of events in Iraqby Hindustan Times
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Hundreds of jihadists, led by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), seize Iraq's second biggest city Mosul and swathes of Nineveh province
They also overrun parts of the nearby Kirkuk and Salaheddin provinces. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says civilians will get weapons to fight the militants
The insurgents seize Tikrit, Salaheddin's provincial capital, but security forces repel an assault on Samarra
ISIS storms the Turkish consulate in Mosul, kidnaps the head of the mission and 48 others, after earlier seizing 31 Turkish truck drivers
Kurdish forces take over Kirkuk to protect the oil hub from jihadists. Iraqi Kurds want to make Kirkuk part of their autonomous region
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promises Maliki Iran's full support
Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urges Iraqis to take up arms against the militants
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay cites reports of extrajudicial killings and summary executions
Shiite Iran mulls working with the United States, its long-time foe, if Washington takes the lead in helping to repel the militants
The US says the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush is steaming into the Gulf
Security forces retake Ishaqi, north of Baghdad, say they found the burned bodies of 12 policemen
An Iraqi air strike targets Kurdish forces in eastern Iraq, killing six fighters. It is unclear if it is an accident or not
Kurdish forces control the Rabia border crossing with Syria, a senior official says
Militants and security forces battle for Tal Afar, a strategic Shiite town in north Iraq
US President Barack Obama says 275 troops are going to help protect the embassy in Baghdad, their first deployment since US forces withdrew from Iraq
Militants attack the central city of Baquba, the bodies of 18 soldiers and police are found near Samarra
Maliki fires top security commanders
Rouhani says Iran would do whatever it takes to protect Shiite Muslim holy sites in Iraq
Militants attack the country's biggest oil refinery at Baiji,s parking clashes that left dozens dead. Iraqi officials say the Islamist assault was eventually repelled
Forty Indian construction workers have been abducted in violence-hit northern Iraq, India's external affairs ministry confirms. Iraq requests US air power to try to reverse the rapid territorial gains by the Sunni Muslim insurgents
India says it is doing its "very best" to ensure the release of the 40 Indians abducted in Iraq, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi closely monitoring the situation
The Sunni militants hang their black banners on watch towers at Iraq's largest oil refinery
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan says US air strikes on the militants can cause a high number of civilian deaths
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